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Stove-Top Tamale Pie

Your whole family will be digging into this hearty taco meat and bean mixture. The topping of corn bread and Cheddar cheese makes it especially delicious. Skill Level: Beginner

10 min Prep
35 min Total
price per Serving

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 434
Protein 34.1g
Total Carbohydrates 38.4g
Dietary Fiber 6.0g
Net Carbohydrates 32.4g
Sugar 11.6g
Total Fat 15.0g
Saturated Fat 6.8g
Trans Fat 0.2g
Cholesterol 91.0mg
Sodium 1490.4mg
SmartPoints® 11.0


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion (optional)
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, seeded and chopped (optional)
  • 2 packets McCormick Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 2 cups canned tomato sauce
  • 15 ounces kidney beans
  • 8 ounces corn bread/muffin mix
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup green onion (scallion), sliced


  1. Brown ground beef in large skillet with chopped onion and green pepper on medium-high heat. 
  2. Rinse and drain the beef as described in the Tips section below.
  3. Return the rinsed and drained beef to the skillet and stir in seasoning mix, tomato sauce and beans. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare corn muffin mix as directed on package. Drop small spoonfuls of batter over meat mixture. Cover.
  5. Cook on medium-low heat 15 minutes or until corn bread is cooked through. Sprinkle with cheese and green onions. Cover. Cook on low heat until cheese is melted.


80%-90% beef can be made much healthier without altering the taste in this recipe.

  • While you're browning the ground beef, heat about 4 cups of water until it begins to simmer.
  • Drain most of the fat from the browned meat by tipping it into a sturdy heat-resistant bowl.
  • Place beef in a mesh strainer or colander and pour the very hot water over the beef to rinse off the fat, collecting the waste water in a bowl under the colander.
  • Chill the bowl of waste water. Remove the resulting fat layer, wrap in newspaper and discard in trash. The remaining water can be poured down the drain.

Never pour fat, oil, or grease down your drain. It can clog your pipes and cause the sewer lines to back up.

Price Per Serving based on average national price: excludes store savings and local grocery store pricing